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2013 Juno Awards Nominees Announced: Leonard Cohen, Grimes, the Weeknd Among Contenders

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The nominees for the 2013 Junos, Canada’s version of the Grammys, have been announced. Artists across all genres are nominated, but the ones alt-rock fans will care about are the Weeknd, Metric, Leonard CohenGrimes and Crystal Castles, to name a few.

The 2013 Junos will be handed out on April 21. Below are the alt-leaning nominees in key categories, and as you’ll notice, Metric dukes it out with the likes of Justin Bieber and Nickelback. Check out how eclectic that Fan Choice Award is! Only in Canada, right? See all the nominees here.

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
Carly Rae Jepsen
Céline Dion
Drake
Hedley
Justin Bieber
Leonard Cohen
Marianas
Metric
Michael Bublé
Nickelback

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Maroon 5, ‘Overexposed’
Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’
One Direction, ‘Up All Night’
Rod Stewart, ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen
Deadmau5
Johnny Reid
Justin Bieber
Leonard Cohen

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Billy Talent
Marianas Trench
Metric
Rush
The Sheepdogs

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cold Specks
Elisapie
Grimes
Kira Isabella
The Weeknd

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Afie Jurvanen
Arkells Universal
Hannah Georgas
Kathleen Edwards
Leonard Cohen

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Hannah Georgas, ‘Hannah Georgas’
Japandroids, ‘Celebration Rock’
Metric, ‘Synthetica’
Said the Whale, ‘Little Mountain
Stars, ‘The North’

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